An early season matchup once scheduled for Jan. 19, will be played this evening in Nashville between the Preds and Hurricanes (at 7 p.m. CT).
The Preds (10-11-0) have won four out of five games for the first time this season, including two wins over the Blue Jackets this weekend. Goaltender Juuse Saros made both starts and recorded two victories, his first since Jan. 27. The Preds also got Mattias Ekholm back in the lineup over the weekend, after the defenseman had missed multiple games due to injury.
Nashville held a full morning skate on Tuesday and were notably missing Ryan Ellis, Ryan Johansen and Luke Kunin. Mathieu Olivier, who was activated from Injured Reserve and assigned to the taxi squad on Monday, was on the ice, as was Mark Borowiecki (upper-body injury; day-to-day), Alexandre Carrier and Brad Richardson (IR).
The Hurricanes (14-6-1) played last night in Florida and won in overtime, 3-2 over the Panthers. Goaltender Alex Nedeljkovic made 44 saves in the victory.
Update: Ryan Ellis has been placed on IR with an upper-body injury and is out 4-6 weeks; Luke Kunin has been placed on IR with a lower-body injury and is out 2-4 weeks; Ryan Johansen has been placed on the NHL's COVID protocol list. Additionally, the Preds have recalled forwards Tanner Jeannot, Mathieu Olivier, Eeli Tolvanen and defenseman Alexandre Carrier from the taxi squad.
Below is a Preds projected lineup based on Tuesday's morning skate:
Filip Forsberg - Mikael Granlund - Eeli Tolvanen
Calle Jarnkrok - Matt Duchene - Rocco Grimaldi
Nick Cousins - Erik Haula - Viktor Arvidsson
Tanner Jeannot - Colton Sissons - Mathieu Olivier
Roman Josi - Dante Fabbro
Mattias Ekholm - Alexandre Carrier
Ben Harpur - Matt Benning
Note: The Predators have not announced a starting goaltender for tonight's game